Cannabis is one of those confusing topics that makes you wonder, why is it illegal?How can we have a plant that has, without a doubt, provided healing to so many people with so many different ailments–from cancer, to depression, to epilepsy and more–yet it’s still outlawed? The success stories are endless, and the medicinal properties of this plant, if used and administered in a proper way, can have a tremendously positive effect on our health industry and could eventually replace many of our prescription drugs, which some experts estimate kill more than one hundred thousand people every single year in the United States alone.
Prior to this year, the state of Florida was regarded as one of the worst possible states to be caught in possession of cannabis. According to a 2009 analysis by former NORML Director Jon Gettman, no state in this country punished people more severely for minor marijuana offenses than Florida. However, thanks in part to a former Florida judge, all this is gradually changing.
His name is Doug Bench, an ex-Judge who used to put away those with minor marijuana offences. In the video below, he admits to throwing hundreds of people in jail for using this plant. At the time, he thought it was the right thing to do.
It’s a great example of a change in perspective, and in his case, a major paradigm shift. Something he once believed to be true was no longer true because of his own experience in dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease:
When Bench was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which can result in a slow and painful death, his life was saved after realizing the benefits of cannabis in treating his disease. Now, Bench has made it his life’s work to wake people up to the “70 years of lies” the US government has told the citizens about marijuana